Stanley B. Messer, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he was Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Psychology for 9 years. He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. The author or editor of a number of books and many articles and book chapters, Dr. Messer is currently Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and serves on several other editorial boards. He is an American Psychological Association Fellow in the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and the Division of Psychotherapy. Dr. Messer maintains a private practice in Highland Park, New Jersey.
Alan S. Gurman, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he has edited and written many influential books; is a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and is former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman has received numerous awards for his contributions to couple and family therapy, including the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He is also a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.